District B13 (Banlieue 13)


District B13 (Banlieue 13)

Critics Consensus

A nonstop thrill ride, District B13's dizzying action sequences more than make up for any expository flaws.



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A nuclear weapon has been stolen by the most powerful gang in Paris' treacherous, walled-in ghetto, and it's up to a determined cop and a vigilante criminal in search of his sister to infiltrate the sector, save the girl, and get the bomb out of the bad guys' hands in an action-packed tale produced by Luc Besson and directed by cinematographer Pierre Morel. The year is 2010, and a massive wall has been erected to keep the violence of the Paris ghetto confined to District B13. Within these walls, gangs rules the streets and law enforcement is powerless. This time the gangs have gone too far, though, and when the authorities realize that a nuclear weapon has been smuggled into the district, specially trained policeman and martial artist Damien is assigned the task of retrieving the weapon of mass destruction before Paris goes up in flames. He's not going to be able to do it on his own, though, and when Damien learns that breakaway bad guy Leïto's sister has been abducted by the very same gang, the pair soon forges a tentative partnership that merges the power of law enforcement with the anything-goes attitude of the criminal element. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Audience Reviews for District B13 (Banlieue 13)

  • Oct 01, 2013
    Luc Besson delivers another exciting action-packed adventure with District B13. In a dystopian future where out of control districts of Paris have been walled up and turned over to crime lords a gangster named Taha gets ahold of a nuclear missile, and it's up to an elite police officer to find the missile and disarm it. The action sequences are especially good, particularly the fight choreography. And, they're made even more dynamic and intense with the fast-paced directing style. Incredibly entertaining, District B13 is a high-adrenaline thrill ride.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2012
    Good movie that could've used one more sustained action sequence for it to be really good. In a movie where it's all about the stylish action, you'd hope there would be more. Especially considering how the story is absolutely nothing. But, then again, the action scenes that are there are pretty tremendous and over-the-top. That alone makes this movie good, at least. Though it could've been much better.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    It may not serve as the most original film when you think about the story, but the atmosphere, the look, and the events are all very new and awesome to watch. As two unlikely men are teamed up to disarm a bomb stolen from a gang in Paris, they find trouble along the way, falling into predicaments leading to action sequences that will take your breath away. The choreography is brilliant, the action is top-notch, the story is believable but does reach a few over-the-top moments, and the editing is done so well that any viewer will be happy that they can follow every move by the main cast. From parkour to true explosive action, District B13 is a full-on adrenaline-fuelled-thrill-ride.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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